Reduce Your Risk of Having a Heart Attack by 40% or More Without Drugs

Dr. Frank Shallenberger, MD

September 11, 2023


I’ve been using nutritional medicine for almost half a century now, and I have to say that I never cease to be amazed at how, even after all this time, I still hear some doctors and “experts” conclusively say there’s never any benefit to taking multivitamin and mineral supplements.

Not only do they say that there’s no benefit to taking the supplements, but they also often insist that they are dangerous. I would like to introduce them to the tens of thousands of my patients and readers who definitely think otherwise.

I guess I must have the most gullible patients in the world along with the most placebo-sensitive. But I’m sure that’s not the case. There are many studies that agree with me. Here’s another one. This one shows how to reduce your risk of having a heart attack by 40% or more without using any drugs.

After doing the study, the researchers concluded their findings by stating, “In a prespecified subgroup analysis of participants not on statin therapy at baseline in the TACT study, a high-dose complex oral multivitamin and multimineral regimen was found to have a large, unexpected benefit compared with placebo.”

A “large benefit” might have been unexpected to them, but to me, those results are not surprising at all. For the record, the TACT study looked at the effects of a 28-component high-dose multivitamin and multimineral supplement versus placebo in patients who had suffered a previous heart attack. Here’s what they found.

There were 224 men and women in the supplement group and 236 in the placebo group. During the study period, 23% of the patients taking the supplements either died or suffered another heart attack or a stroke, needed a coronary artery procedure, or were hospitalized for angina. Compare that to 36% of those on the placebo. The supplements decreased the chance of any of these complications by almost 40%!

According to the authors of the study, “High-dose oral multivitamin and multimineral supplementation seems to decrease combined cardiac events in a stable, post-MI population not taking statin therapy at baseline.”

The high-dose supplements used in this study were virtually the same as the combination of Super Immune QuickStart and a high-quality EPA/DHA fish oil, like Carlson’s. Think of this: If the vitamins were able to prevent 40% of the cardiac conditions in a group of men and women who already had a history of coronary artery disease, think how much more effective they would be in people who did not have that history?


Issa OM, Roberts R, et al. Effect of high-dose oral multivitamins and minerals in participants not treated with statins in the randomized Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). Am Heart J. 2018 Jan;195:70-77.

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